Bill Collier was born in Galveston, Texas in 1952 and attended Rice University where he received a B.A. degree (cum laude) in 1975. While at Rice, he was President of Sid Richardson College and Chairman of the University’s Honor Council. He later obtained a J.D. degree from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1978. He is admitted to practice law in the courts of Texas, Louisiana, and California. Bill joined Keesal, Young & Logan in 1980 and became a shareholder in 1984. In 2014, he moved to an of counsel role with the firm.
Bill’s primarily areas of practice have included civil litigation and the representation of multinational companies involved in international trade and marine transportation as well as oil and refining companies and marine and energy underwriters in connection with commercial disputes, casualties, personal injuries, and environmental matters. He has significant trial experience in both the state and federal courts of California, and is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Bill is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He is also a Board Member and past Chairman of International Trade Education Programs, a Director of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation, a Board Member of the Long Beach Qingdao Sister Cities Association, a Board Member of the International Seafarer’s Center and a Board Member and Past President of the International City Theater. He has been recognized repeatedly as one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” by the editors of Law & Politics Magazine and for 19 years by Best Lawyers in America, a publication of Woodward White.